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Council Staff - Jessica Henkel, PhD


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 Jessica Renee Henkel, PhD
 Science Advisor and Coordinator

Dr. Jessica R. Henkel serves as the Science Advisor and Coordinator for the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (RESTORE Council). Created by the RESTORE Act of 2012 and comprised of the Governors of the five Gulf Coast States and Cabinet-level officials from six federal agencies, the RESTORE Council is responsible for restoring and protecting the natural resources, ecosystems, fisheries, marine and wildlife habitats, beaches, coastal wetlands, and economy of the Gulf Coast.

Prior to this position, Henkel served as a Science Policy Fellow with the Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. In this position, Henkel worked with the Gulf Research Program and the Council to advance coastal restoration and science coordination across several State and Federal agencies.


Prior to her federal government service, Henkel completed her B.A. at Stony Brook University and her M.S. at the University of New Orleans. She received her Ph.D. from Tulane University, where she investigated how environmental changes and habitat degradation are impacting the coastal habitats of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and the effects these changes are having on the bird populations that migrate through them.